Keeping rugby at the heart of the Tournament, 75% of the 6,000 volunteers will be recruited from rugby clubs in England and Wales, and the remaining 1,500 places will be recruited through a national campaign aimed at bringing more people into rugby and keeping them in the game beyond 2015. Members of 'The Pack' will have the opportunity to fulfil roles including transport, meet-and-greet, accreditation and way-finding across the 13 venues in England and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
Launching 'The Pack' today, RWC 2003-winner and England 2015 ambassador Jonny Wilkinson recognised the important role that volunteers play in rugby, and the opportunity 'The Pack' offers to bring new people to the game.
"Throughout my career I have seen the vital role that volunteers play in the running of rugby clubs at all levels. Whether it's helping with club administration, coaching, cleaning kit, driving teams across the country or stewarding on match days, these are the people who allow the game to thrive. It is great to recognise the rugby community through the Rugby World Cup 2015 volunteer programme, and also use this as an opportunity to get more people involved in the game."
Anyone who is interested in volunteering, but isn't already signed up to the official RWC 2015 newsletter The Front Row, should register their interest at www.rugbyworldcup.com/volunteers before the application window opens on March 17. All the key information on how to apply to volunteer at RWC 2015 will then be communicated through The Front Row.
The application process will be open for one month between March 17 and April 17. 'Try Outs' (selection events) will then take place from June to December 2014. Members of 'The Pack' will be confirmed in early 2015.